Photo courtesy of the Palm Beach County Golf Association
Mike Weeks of Jupiter stood over his bogey putt on the 54th hole with a chance to record three consecutive rounds of 67. While he missed the putt (he shot a 68) his three day total of 202 was not only good enough to win the 38th Palm Beach Kennel Club County Amateur Championship, it was also good enough to break the tournament record.
“It’s a huge relief,” said Weeks, 49, the membership director at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach. “People have been telling me for years that this was a tournament I should win, it’s a tournament I’ve wanted to win, and now I’ve finally did it.”
He broke the previous record of 203 set by Erik Downs of West Palm Beach in 2010. With the win, Weeks was also named Public Links champion, awarded to the low golfer who is not a member of a club.
Defending champion Austin Powell of Jupiter shot 65 on Saturday and 66 on Sunday but had to settle for second, finishing three shots back of Weeks. The low one day score of the weekend was recorded by North Palm Beach resident Tas Sipowski. Sipowski shot a 64 on Sunday and finished the even in fourth.
The other award of the weekend was handed out to Pete Williams of Juno Beach. Williams won the low senior award with a three day total of 214, good enough for 14th overall.